Dear Miss Snark:
I have an agent -- a swell fellow who recently sold my first YA novel. I've been working on a few other projects, and recently completed a story that crossed the finish line at 12,000 words. Way too short for a novel, or even a novella, and too long for most short story markets, which of course pay abysmally anyway. Is there any point whatsoever in sending this new work to my agent? Would you want to see such a story if it was written by one of your clients? Or do
you want to stick only to those things that are truly salable?
Thanks very much.
Once you are my client, I want to hear about pretty much everything. In this case, traditonal outlets aren't going to work, but you never know when some clever editor will say "we're putting together a triptych of three authors and we need a 12,000 word piece by next Tuesday." Or, more likely, your agent will combine your 12,000 word Mini with other pieces from clients Alice Cooper and Steve Ausin and next thing you know: Austin Mini Cooper is born and it creates a whole new trend.
Agents are looking for ways to make money. We like grist for the mill. Grind on.